Evanston health officials reported 11 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from six yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 116.

Statewide there were 3,581 new cases, compared to 3,536 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 129,755 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up from a week ago.

A total of 7.61 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 9.63 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 24.28% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is in the middle of the pack among counties in Illinois in the share of residents vaccinated.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 39 today up from 30 the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is up from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported rose today, and the seven-day test average is up from a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 2,115 Evanston residents today, compared to 547 yesterday. The IDPH found 14 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.6%. The seven-day positive rate here is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,616 cases. The city’s tally is 4,370.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a man in his 50s, two women and a man in their 60s, two men in their 70s, a woman and a man in their 80s, and two women and one man in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,043 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 468 patients were in the ICU and 190 of those were on ventilators.

A NorthShore University HealthSystem spokesman today said the hospital network had 82 COVID-19 patients systemwide as of Wednesday, compared to 64 two weeks earlier — for a 28% increase. COVID patients at NorthShore’s Evanston Hospitla increased from three two weeks ago to nine yesterday.

The positive test rate for persons tested for the virus at NorthShore facilities has increasd from 6.07% on March 31 to 9.0% on Wednesday.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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